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History – Soroptimists Celebrating 100 Years – #WhoIsShe?

To celebrate the centenary of Soroptimist International in 2021 more than 100 Soroptimists have been selected to be commemorated as part of the #WhoIsShe? Campaign.   The centenary of the organisation seemed a fitting opportunity to recognise and celebrate the professional and personal commitments made by these outstanding members through the years. These #WhoIsShe? campaign members, both past and present, from Soroptimist International of Soroptimist International 100 LogoGreat Britain and Ireland have all been nominated by Soroptimist Clubs for their noteworthy contribution to society in the furtherance of the aims and objects of the organisation. For more see

On this page we will show all of the #WhoIsShe? Soroptimists from Soroptimist International London Chilterns Region.

Dame Vera Baird DBE QCDame Vera Baird DBE QC, Soroptimist International Newcastle, now SI Greater London

Outstanding barrister, parliamentarian and champion of victims’ rights

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Audrey Collins OBE
Audrey Collins OBE (1915 -2010), Soroptimist International St Albans and District 

A Towering figure in Women’s Cricket

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Kathleen Halpin CBE
Kathleen Halpin CBE(1903-1999), Soroptimist International Greater London

Outstanding Among the Outstanding

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Peggy Hodges OBEPeggy Hodges OBE (1921-2008) Soroptimist International St Albans and District 

An award-winning electronics engineer devoted to promoting engineering careers for women

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Elizabeth Hawes MBE
Elizabeth Hawes MBE (?- 1966) Soroptimist International Greater London

The Inventor of Friendship Links and the Embodiment of our Charter

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Sylvia Mear
Sylvia Mear (1922-2010), Soroptimist International Hertford and District

Dedicated to Community Service

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Hilary Page MBEHilary Page MBE, Soroptimist International Lewisham, now SI Epsom & District 

A Lifetime of Commitment to Gender Equality 

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Johanna Raffan MBEJohanna Raffan MBE (1943 – 2021), Soroptimist International Thames Valley

An outstanding Soroptimist and educator who changed the lives of gifted children globally

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Hilary Ratcliffe OBE
Hilary Ratcliffe OBE, Soroptimist International  St Albans & District, now SI Sheffield

An Inspirational Soroptimist on the Global Stage 

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Phyllis Sigsworth QPMPhyllis Sigsworth QPM SI Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead

A Trailblazer for Women in the Police Force

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For information on how to buy Phyllis’s book “A Beat From The Heart To The Heart Of Power” please click here:



Rose Moriba Simbo Soroptimist International Thames Valley

A Dedicated Strong Empowering Woman

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